Rock the Park 2015

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Rock the Park is coming to Harris Park this week! The event has been expanded to include five days, not just four as originally planned. They’ve added a new line up of great bands for Friday, July 17 and are all set to keep London rocking. This event is a Bethany’s Hope Foundation fundraiser, raising money for MLD (Metachromatic Leukodystrophy) research.

Here’s the updated lineup:

TUESDAY, JULY 14 (gates open at 4:00pm)

Train

Gin Blossoms

Fastball

Rembrandts

Matt Nathanson

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 (gates open at 3:00pm)

Keith Urban

Dallas Smith

Easton Corbin

Jess Moskaluke

THURSDAY, JULY 16 (gates open at 3:00pm)

Lee Brice

Thomas Rhett

Joe Nichols

Maddie & Tae

Chad Brownlee

FRIDAY, JULY 17 (gates open at 3:00pm)

Arkells

Mother Mother

Tokyo Police Club

Born Ruffians

Young Empires

Brave Shores

 

SATURDAY, JULY 18 (gates open at 3:00pm)

Billy Talent

Rise Against

Killswitch Engage

The Gaslight Anthem

TBA

TICKETS

There are a few different options for tickets: General Admission or VIP (designated table areas) for Tuesday or Saturday, a special two-day pass for Wednesday and Thursday, and a VIP two-day pass for Wednesday and Thursday (which are  SOLD OUT).

Tuesday G/A $60, VIP (reserved seating) $112

Wednesday/Thursday G/A $142, VIP SOLD OUT

Friday G/A $55, VIP (reserved seating) $85

Saturday G/A $60, VIP (standing room only) $99.50

Purchase tickets HERE or call the Box Office 519-672-1967 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 2:00pm Saturday or stop by the Centennial Hall Box Office during the preceding office hours.

This is an all-ages event.

Keeping Kids Busy: Glow Bath

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The next time you’re at the dollar store, grab a couple of packages of glow sticks or glow bracelets. Save them for a rainy day, literally!

When the sky gets dark, crack a bunch of the glow sticks and put them in a warm bath. Draw the blinds, turn off the lights and let the kids’ imaginations run wild in the glow stick bath tub. There is something magically exciting about glow in the dark items and darkness during the daylight.

SOME SUGGESTIONS:

  • add some bubbles to the bath to see how things glow through them
  • don’t break the glow sticks! They’re apparently very hard to clean out of a tub
  • dry off the glow sticks after the bath and save them for bedtime fun

Keeping Kids Busy: Blocks of Ice

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Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, we have a great summer activity to keep kids busy on a hot, sunny day. It’s simple, easy, FREE, and will keep kids of all ages occupied. Give them a large block of ice with some toys frozen into it and let them try to help their toys escape.

WHAT TO DO

Round up a bunch of hard plastic toys.

Get a large plastic container or small bin and put the toys in it. Make sure the container will fit in your freezer!

Add water until the bin is just about filled (allow room for it to expand in the freezer).

Put the container in your freezer overnight or longer.

When it’s frozen solid, hand it over to the kids with some spoons and winter mitts (or socks for their hands if they’re all boxed up somewhere).

OUR TIPS

Do this outside! The hot sun will help melt the block of ice, making it easier to rescue the toys without frustration.

Use old toys – bits and pieces leftover that have no home or are not used. There is a chance that some of the toys could get broken.

Make a game of it: freeze a small container for each child with the same number of items in each. Have them race to free their toys first.

Put this in the freezer NOW so that it’s ready whenever you have time to play. It can sit there all summer, so long as you have the space.

 

 

This Weekend in London

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Summer is in full swing and summer in this city never looked so good. Get out and enjoy!

SUNFEST

Running from today, July 9 until this Sunday, July 12 in Victoria Park, Sunfest is a celebration of world music, dance, art, and cuisine. The festival is free to the public and is family friendly.

THE ABBA SHOW

The ABBAsolutely fABBAulous show is coming to Centennial Hall this Friday, July 10 at 8:00pm. Tickets are available through the Centennial Hall box office. Enjoy the live music, dancing, and costumes of the real ABBA experience.

VICTORIAN TEDDY BEAR PICNIC

Bring your favourite bear to Fanshawe Pioneer Village for a delightful day of songs, games, puppets, and snacks with your bears. Don’t forget your picnic basket! Admission is $7.

LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL

The historic Labatt Park has another home game this weekend when the London Majors take on Guelph this Friday night at 7:35pm. Tickets are available at the gates or online.

 

 

 

Victorian Teddy Bear Picnic

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You don’t have to go out in the woods for a big surprise – the Teddy Bears are having a picnic at Fanshawe Pioneer Village this weekend and you’re invited!

This Sunday, July 12 from 10:00am to 4:30pm bring your favourite stuffed bear to the Village for some real Victorian fun.

There will be an afternoon of music and games, a parade, and some picnic fun with cookies and lemonade served in real china tea cups. Bearemy from the Build a Bear Workshop will be there to lead the fun. Bring your picnic basket!

Admission is $7 per person.

The ABBA Show

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Who isn’t a fan of ABBA’s classic music? The ABBA Show is coming to London direct from Australia this weekend. For one night only, you can see the ABBAsolutely fABBAulous acclaimed impersonators perform an ABBA show like no other. This will be a full concert with replica costumes, a live band, lighting and effects, and of course dancing!

The show will be at Centennial Hall on Friday, July 10 at 8:00pm

Tickets are available online HERE or at the Centennial Hall box office.

Tickets are $62 plus applicable fees for adults; $32 plus applicable fees for children 13 and under.

Unique Summer Day Camps

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Summer vacation is in full swing. If you’re scavenging for things to keep your kids busy and considering enrolling them in a day camp, you’re in luck! We have a few unique and awesome camps that you may not have heard of yet.

LEGO CAMP 2015

Running from July 27 to July 31 at the London Waldorf School (7 Beaufort Street), this week-long, full-day block party is organized by the London Chess Promotions. Registration is $226 per child, which includes a Lego camp t-shirt. Students in grades 1-7 as of June 2015 are welcome.

STEM CAMP

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, this is the place for the future! With daily activities, inspirational guests, and scientists from leading Canadian colleges and universities, your child will learn, grow and create. Sessions run weekly throughout the summer, but many weeks and locations are already sold out. Registration is $200 per week per child, open to children 5 to 13 years old.

MOKSHIES-IN-THE-MAKING

Moksha Yoga London is hosting two weeks of half-day summer camps for your little yogini at Moksha Yoga West. Afternoons from July 13-17 and August 17-21, your 6-12 year olds can enjoy non-heated yoga practice, meditation, art, and fresh fruit breaks. Registration is $89 + tax per child.

INNOVATION CAMP LONDON

For one week, July 20-24 at the Richard Ivey Building, Western University, kids in grades six to eight will have an opportunity to become the next great inventor. Ivey will be collaborating with Future Design School, a Toronto agency, and Tech Alliance to help bring ideas to life through critical thinking, planning, and action. The full day camp is $375 per child.

@ THE BARRE

At The Barre is offering a one-week Healthy Me Summer Camp for kids ages 9-13, mornings from August 24-28.  Children will learn and participate in fitness and fitness fundamentals, nutrition and healthy food choices, and self-care. Registration is limited, $225 per child.

 

 

Sunfest

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For the 21st consecutive year, Sunfest is coming back to London this July. Running from this Thursday, July 9 to Sunday, July 12 in Victoria Park, this is a festival dedicated to showcasing the arts from around the world. It’s a celebration of music, dance and artwork! Bring the whole family downtown to see everything from Cuban salsa to Celtic traditional folk music.

THE DETAILS

Thursday, July 9 the festival opens at 11:00am. The live stage performances begin at 6:00pm until 11:00pm.

Friday, July 10 the festival opens at 11:00am. The live stage performances begin at 12:00noon until 11:00pm.

Saturday, July 11 the festival opens at 11:00am. The live stage performances begin at 11:30am until 11:00pm.

Sunday, July 12 the festival opens at 11:00am. The live stage performances begin at 11:30am until 11:00pm.

ADMISSION to the festival is FREE for everyone!

In addition to the music and dancing, there will also be vendors selling crafts and artwork from around the world and amazing cuisine.

 

Keeping Kids Busy: Coloured Pasta

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For most of us, we are about to start our second week of summer vacation. If you’re running out of things to do or you just need some new inspiration, we have a suggestion: let your kids play with their food! Kids of all ages love to play with food, play pretend – imagine their at a restaurant, raising their own kids, feeding an army. For the price of a bag of cheap, white spaghetti, you can keep your kids busy and have their minds running for at least as long as it takes you to drink your coffee, and maybe even long enough to check Instagram.

HOW TO DO IT

Get out 2-4 pots and add a few drops of food colouring into each pot, enough to make the water a vibrant colour when mixed. Bring each pot to a boil.

Split a bag of white spaghetti evenly between each pot.

Cook the pasta as instructed on the package.

Drain each pot separately and let the pasta cool.

Place into separate containers once cooled.

Hand over the pasta and let them go crazy!

SOME TIPS

Do this outside. Pasta smeared onto your floor is not fun to clean up.

Give them your mixing bowls, large utensils, pots, pans, and plastic dishes. Actual kitchen items are much easier to wash up than kid ones.

Change up the noodles, try lasagna or bowties.

Have them select the colours or see what happens when you mix different colours into the water.

 

Skateboarding

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It’s summertime, the kids are off, and whether you’re at home with them full time or part time, you may be looking for ways to keep them occupied – without breaking the bank! We are going to be bringing you some fun summer activities and adventures over the next few weeks that are FREE or nearly free. For more ideas, search FREE SUMMER in the search bar at the top right. 

Skateboarding, biking, roller blading, scooters – they’re all the coolest ways for kids to get outside and get active on wheels. While this cooler summer weather may not be as hot as we would like it, it definitely encourages more outside activity without the risk of overheating. Take advantage of that by testing out one of London’s eleven great skate parks across the city.

Whether your kid is still using a scooter or a stride bike, or they’re proficient on whatever wheels they can ride, the skate parks are a great place to meet new friends, try new tricks and get in a lot of exercise and fresh air without any resistance from them. If you head out, make sure they’re well suited with a helmet, elbow and knee pads, and possibly some wrist protection. With learning new tricks can come some serious road rash if you’re not careful!

If your kids are too young to ride or you’re not sure if a board is worth the investment, pack a picnic and visit your closest skateboard park with your kids. Watch the other kids, see how interested your kid is in the action and decide where to go from there. Did you know that the City of London Spectrum offers Skateboard Clinics for new riders ages 7-9 and 10-12? Keep up with all of the CoL skate park-related news by following them on Facebook.

The parks are spread out through east, south, west, and central London:

Park Address Difficulty
Basil Grover Skateboard Park 555 Wharncliffe Road South Beginner – Intermediate
Kiwanis Skateboard Plaza 1475 Brydges Street Beginner – Intermediate
Medway – Kiwanis Skate Bowls 1051 Wonderland Road North Intermediate – Advanced
Naiomi-Almeida Skateboard Park 828 Deveron Crescent Beginner – Intermediate
Rivers Edge Skateboard Park 15 St. Julien Street Suitable for all levels
Springbank – Byron Skateboard Park 1085 Commissioners Road West Beginner – Intermediate
Stronach Skateboard Park 1221 Sandford Street Beginner – Intermediate
Victoria Skateboard Park 580 Clarence Street Advanced
West Lions Skateboard Park 20 Granville Street Beginner – Intermediate
White Oaks Skateboard Park 70 Ponderosa Crescent Redevelopment – TBA
Wolseley Skateboard Park 656 Elizabeth Street Suitable for all levels